Good Monday morning, everyone! Please enjoy this re-post from our wonderful assistant Tiffany! Tiffany is a college student studying film production. She has pretty much grown up at Walt Disney World, since her dad is a 30+ year veteran cast member, and she has been a great help here at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse. Today, Tiffany shares her memories of swimming with the sharks at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Sure looks like fun!
It’s been a long time since I’ve last been to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. However I still remember swimming through the freezing water, the colorful schools of tropical fish, the gigantic but graceful stingrays, and of course the sharks. Not only is Typhoon Lagoon uniquely themed and another fine example of Disney Imagineering magic, but it offers the Shark Reef which is a safe way to explore life under the sea. A sunken tanker surrounds an unforgettable experience.
My first thought was wow. All of the colorful native salt water fish swum around without taking any notice of me. I was visiting their world enjoying watching their daily life through my goggles. The hustle and bustle of their swimming was like the city, never stopping and so busy. What I had only seen on TV was now a reality in front of my eyes. Rainbows of tropical fish were right under me. My second thought was a bit of intimidation from the sight of sharks that were also swimming underneath me. But they never looked up as I continued on my journey. Propelling myself forward with only my hands I floated on the surface taking in a sight normally seen by professional scuba divers. As I reached the ending of the large pool I finally was able to stand on my feet once again. Reluctant to leave I lifted myself out of the water to return the gear that was loaned to me for this experience.
(1) Learn what it takes to be a professional scuba diver. Learn the equipment used and how divers can tell how far down they are in the water.
(2) Find out the food chain in life under the sea. How does one fish affect another? How would life be affected if there were no sharks?
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Marine biology
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades
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